Richard Fahey will decide in the coming days whether or not to allow Ribchester to head to the Breeders’ Cup for a farewell outing next month.
The son of Iffraaj will take up stallion duties next year at Kildangan Stud in Ireland, where he is set to command a fee of 30,000 euros.
Ribchester, three time a Group 1 winner over a mile this season, was denied a fourth success in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Stake at Ascot by the fast-finishing filly Persuasive for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden.
Fahey says his charge has come out of the Ascot race well and he will decide in the coming days on a potential swansong at Del Mar, where Ribchester is 4/1 to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
“I’ve spoken to Joe (Osborne, Godolphin chief executive) who has spoken to the boss (Sheikh Mohammed). Basically, they’re leaving the decision (on the Breeders’ Cup) to me and I’m leaving it to the horse,” said Fahey.
“He seems to have come out of Ascot well, but I’m going to leave it a few more days and let him tell me whether he wants to go or not.”
Fahey, meanwhile, has spoken of the “privilege” he has enjoyed in managing Ribchester’s racing career.
“We just feel very privileged to have had him and I’m sure he’ll be a super stallion,” he added. “Without wanting to disrespect any of the other horses we’ve trained, the ratings tell you he’s the best we’ve had, so it’s very easy to say that.”
In the immediate aftermath of his QEII run, Fahey had suggested he’d relish the chance to get one more run into Ribchester this season on good ground, if Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin gave him that opportunity.
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